Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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It's All In The Painting

Quote of the day: 

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. 
-Og Mandino 

Happy new year.

A new calendar year has begun, moving on from national holidays and congratulatory messages. This period can be an exciting time. A time to reflect, to be self-conscious while trying to form a new identity-an artist painting new work. But to remain decent a blank canvas should start to suffice filled with sentiment and imagination. The canvas from the previous year delicately or indelicately placed -as the case may be out of reach but within view.

What must you as an artist possibly want to do different this time. Perhaps you have a new vision of contrasting themes or art tools, or maybe building a better work-space filled with inks and palettes. Either way the end product is all that matters not the tools used in the process. Or is it the other way round? The truth is that one can not keep colouring the same way expecting a different result. Alas it all starts in the mind and the reflection of what you see through your eyes, how you view the world and how the world views you right back -like gazing at the moon through a telescope only to have the moon gaze back, or starring into the mirror...fixated, weighing, appraising, sizing up the reflection starring back.

The origin of each thought is a process, a seed germinating into action. To stand the test of time it would have to grow into a tree strong enough to withstand forceful winds. To preserve oil paintings artists often varnish their work to protect the painted surface. A sensible thing to do. But what about you and your thoughts and the elements you are exposed to. To reveal and possibly recreate yourself don't you need protection just like a painting? And this is not just to save you from the world but also to save you from yourself. 

Don't paint over your old canvas.
Grab a new canvas...decide on a composition.
Transfer that idea into every element of your existence.
Evaluate this painting from time to time, choose your own colours.

Don't allow anyone tell you...
What colours to use and what subject matter to pursue.
Your life is your painting...the end.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Waiting on the world to change - John Mayer


  1. Food for thought for 2018, thanks B.

  2. I love this post. You are saying that our lives are what we make them. I whole-heartedly agree.

  3. Trying to save me from myself is a full time project.

  4. Happy New Year! Beautiful quote.

  5. Absolutely. No one can tell you the colors to use or the tools to try as you paint the canvas that belongs to you.
    Blessings for the New Year!

  6. A wonderful post to propel us into 2018!

  7. Happy New Year. May your canvas be filled with love and light.

  8. Very well written and "thought-provoking" read, good Sir... A very great year (of 2018) to you and yours... and Hello from Marshville... (rather cold here)...

  9. Good point. It is time to start fresh and not just cover over something bad from the past. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Hugs-Erika

  10. Love that artistic analogy!

  11. Love! The perfect post for the beginning of the new year.

  12. Such a lovely post to start the 2018!
    I wish you all the best!
    Kisses, Paola.


  13. Interesting post. Self protection, keyword for lots of thinking about
    Perhaps a self portrait to varnish for an example and reminder on the wall is in the 2018 future. :)

  14. Og Mandino. Haven't heard that name in ages. I think I have an SF novel by him about psychic warfare

  15. i LOVE the opening quote, i have never heard that one before!! happy 2018, a new, fresh beginning!!!

  16. Hari OM
    As an artist, I love your 'take'!!! Happy 2018 and may it be as productive and colourful as fits your brush. YAM xx

  17. Thank you for the encouraging post and the wonderful quote!

  18. Happy new year!! What a beautiful post to start 2018!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  19. Happy New Year!! "Your life is your painting.." Love that line!

  20. Very nice food for thought Blogoratti :)

  21. Make it a masterpiece as it you life!

    Peace, light and love always

  22. Looks amazing!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

  23. Have considered dragging out my paints and see if a shaky hand can make anything I would be proud to say is my creation.

  24. A good post for the start of a new year and we all have different ways to express ourselves be it with brushes, pens, pencils, computers and perhaps the best of all by communicating with others. Sending you best wishes for a wonderful 2018!

  25. Hi Blogoratti - so true ... step out and try new things, but moving along your own path ... not following others ... cheers and all the best for the coming year - Hilary

  26. Another interesting read, giving food for thought.
    Sending my good wishes to you for a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2018.

    All the best Jan

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